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Publisher's Summary

From the number-one New York Times best-selling author and creator of The Daily Stoic, Ryan Holiday...

...comes one of the most incredible stories in all of history. A young boy, out of nowhere, is chosen to be the emperor of most of the known world.

What he learns, what he does, who he is, will echo in eternity. 

In 138 AD, Hadrian, the emperor of Rome, chooses Marcus Aurelius to succeed him. He knows no one was born ready for the job, so he arranges for the young boy's education. The greatest philosophers of the day are assigned to teach him, and all throw themselves into crafting him into a great leader. 

It's a parable for life: The gods choose something for us, call us to something. Will we answer? Will we step up? Will we achieve the greatness within us?

Marcus Aurelius did. Absolute power not only didn't corrupt, it made him better.

And now, a story for the ages is illustrated and told for all ages in The Boy Who Would Be King.

This book is written by best-selling author Ryan Holiday and illustrated by the illustrious Victor Juhasz.

Ryan Holiday is one of the world's foremost thinkers and writers on ancient philosophy and its place in everyday life. He is a sought-after speaker and strategist and the author of many best-selling books including The Obstacle Is the Way, Ego Is the Enemy, and The Daily Stoic. His books have been translated into over 30 languages and sold over three million copies worldwide. He lives outside Austin, Texas, with his family. You can follow him @ryanholiday or subscribe to his writing at ryanholiday.net and dailystoic.com.

Victor Juhasz is an award-winning illustrator and visual reporter. His work has been published in Sports Illustrated, Esquire, the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and elsewhere. Visit juhaszillustration.com for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Ryan Holiday (P)2021 Ryan Holiday

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Rip-off

10 minute story repeated for 2 hours (with sound effects/ without effects and etc). Very misleading.

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very dissatisfied.

I was expecting a book about the length of his other books not a very short story it seems to be a little bit of a waste of money.

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  • ulisse d
  • 2021-04-15

9 minutes, not 2 hours.

The same story is looped over and over. Deceptive and most of
It would be read in the sample.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-04-10

It shouldn’t be published as a book

It’s kind of a tryout, not a book, a very short story in many versions. Tryout. Isn’t clear why it was published as a 90 min book instead of 9 minutes short story for free or a 99cents

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  • Josh
  • 2021-03-24

7-9 minute story read differently by various narrators

I was pretty surprised that this was a very short children’s story. I was expecting more. What’s there is delightful, but it’s so little.

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  • NDavis
  • 2021-07-10

seriously .... 1 story told multiple times

not sure I understand this concept ... story is good but 6 min long? ... each chapter is a different reading? very disappointed ... glad only paid a sale price ...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-06-23

Very short

I didn’t realize this was a short story for children. I was not a fan of the same reading on loop.

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  • AL
  • 2021-05-02

WTF is this....

it's the same 5 min story over and over with weird sound effects and a baby in the background. I love "The Obstacle is the Way" and much other of Holiday's work, but this is the worst $5 I've ever spent on audible.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-04-15

Quite good

A terrific treatment of the preparation and the benefits of learning virtue and deriving a positively impacting lifestyle by such an embrace.